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8/4/2016 


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Debbie DynerHarris <debbie.dynerharris@lacity.org> 


BID Background 

5 messages 


david grahamcaso <david. 
To: Reta Moser 


grahamcaso@lacity.org> 

Debbie DynerHarris <debbie.dynerham's@lacity.org> 


Tue, Aug 2, 2016 at 2:21 PM 


Hi Reta, 


Below, please find an expanded explanation of what BIDs are and the process that is required to get one approved 
Thank you again for offering to include some balance to the opposition to the BID that ran in yesterday’s Update. 

Please let Debbie or I know if you have any questions. 

Best, 

David 


WHAT IS A Bin? 

A Business Improvement District, or BID, is a geographically defined area in which property owners form an assessment 
district to charge themselves a fee to pay for agreed upon services, activities and programs above and beyond those 
provided by the City of Los Angeles. 

BIDs exist all over the United States, and are a common and popular tool to improve and beautify neighborhoods. Every 
major city in America has BIDs. San Francisco, San Diego, New York City all have multiple BIDs. There are more than 
40 BIDs in the City of Los Angeles, in a wide and diverse range of communities, including in Downtown Los Angeles, 
Hollywood, Westchester, Brentwood, Pacific Palisades, Canoga Park, Encino, Leimert Park, South Los Angeles, and 
Wilmington. 

BIDs can choose to provide a range of services to supplement those provided by the City. That can include cleaning and 
maintenance, additional security, special event programming, and marketing. The BID itself determines which services 
to provide through the fees raised by the special assessment district. 

In the case of the Venice BID, assessed fees could be used for more frequent restroom cleaning, maintenance of the 
boardwalk, or additional security. The goal is to provide a safer and cleaner neighborhood for everyone to enjoy. Despite 
considerable attention and resources directed to the area, Venice Beach and nearby areas are still in dire need of the 
kind of extra attention that a BID could provide. 

BACKGROUND ON BIDs AND ASSESSMENT DISTRICTS 

A BID does not govern, manage or control public property. It is merely an assessment district that provides 
supplemental services to the neighborhood. 

Assessment districts are quite common. For instance, in the state of California, that is how street lighting is paid for. 
Property owners determine whether or not they want street lighting, and if they vote that they do, then each house which 
benefits from that light directly is assessed on their tax bills the amount of money to pay for it. Pedestrians and drivers 
also benefit peripherally as they get more lighting when they pass by, but since it is not direct and every single day, they 
are not assessed. Only property owners within the BID boundary pay anything extra. 

In another example, a couple of years ago, property owners in a Mar Vista neighborhood voted to assess themselves 
money to do curb and gutter repairs in their neighborhood. Only those who front those streets and live with them every 
day are asked to vote and then pay the additional assessment fee, but they do not get exclusive use of the road in 
return. The roads still belong to the general public and all sorts of vehicular drivers, pedestrians and bicycle riders also 
may use the streets and would benefit from the improvement. 

Under state law, businesses and property owners are allowed to use assessment districts to create BIDs. 

Former Councilmember Bill Rosendahl urged property owners to form a BID as early as 2008, as did the Venice 
Neighborhood Council. Councilmember Bonin supported the formation of the BID as a candidate in 2012 and 2013, and 
has been publicly stating his support for it since taking office. 


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includes petitions, public hearings, and an election. 

Tn etart a BID in Los Anqeles a group of property owners or business owners (the Venice BID is a property owner BID, 

equal $100 the owners of at least $51 dollars worth of the properties must approve the BID for it to move , f °™5 .. . 
of a majority of the total value of property who return ballots. 

RaraMSP BIDs are assessment districts that levy fees on its members, state law restricts the voting to those being 
asked to pay, and though everyone gets to benefit from the improvements made by the BID, only the property owners 
paying for it get to vote in the BID election. 



David Graham-Caso 

Communications Director & Environmental Policy Advisor 

Councilmember Mike Bonin 

City of Los Angeles 

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Tue, Aug 2, 2016 at 3:47 PM 

retamoser 4 • 

To: David Graham-Caso <david.grahamcaso@lacity.org>, Debbie DynerHarris <debbie.dynerharris@lacity.org> 

This info is wonderful, just wonderful. Thank you. Now I have questions for either Debbie or David. 


Now I have some questions: 


Do you have any idea what the mission of the Venice BID is? Any ideas regarding what they plan to do . 

Do you know what percentage of property owners wanted this? And either you or Debbie said it was majonty 
make it work. Is that true? Obviously, they have gotten 51 percent. 


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The negatives said that Bonin had to throw in some city property to make it work (true or not true?) 

How is assessment determined? Is it a percentage of square footage of property, or value of such, or the 
frontage of such? Assessment will be 100 percent of commercial property owners in map. No residential. 


Do you know approximately how many owners that will be? 

Do you have any idea how much each will pay and will it be annually or monthly and will it go directly to BID or 
via government hands from tax assessment? 

Then where does this money go? — Bank account for the BID? 

Will the BID people have a governing group and how will it be set up — pres, vp or board of 5, etc. 

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Do you have any idea approximately how many coins will be involved annually? 


reta moser 


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Debbie DynerHarris <debbie.dynerharris@lacity.org> 

To: retamoser Tara D ev j ne . 

Cc: David Graham-Caso <david.grahamcaso@lacity.org> 


Tue, Aug 2, 2016 at 3:52 PM 


TwXi a ’+£ eally 1 questions ; 1 * ink best way to answer these more technical questions is to consult with Tara 

Devme, the project manager of the BID formation. She is copied here. 

Let me know if you have more questions, 

Debbie 


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Debbie Dyner Harris 

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CouncilmemberMike Bonin 

City of Los Angeles 

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retamoser 

To: Debbie DynerHarris <debbie.dynerharris@lacity.org> 

Okay. No problem, 
reta moser 
310-821-7801 
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Tue, Aug 2, 2016 at 5:09 PM 


Tara Devine 

To: Debbie Dynerhams <aeDDie.dynemarris@lacity.org> 

Cc. retamoser , David Graham-Caso <david.grahamcaso@lacity.org> 


Wed, Aug 3, 2016 at 4:18 PM 


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Reta: 


Thanks for your nice little note and update on your deadline, as I seek to un-bury myself from my vacation :) 
I will have answers to your questions and more either late tonight or early tomorrow. 


Warmest regards, 

TARA DEVINE 
DEVINE STRATEGIES 

Los Angeles, CA 90015 


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